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What Oliver loves…
- There are bicycles available at the villa at all times, allowing you to explore the stunning natural landscape and have fun
- This idyllic holiday home has plenty of entertainment options, with a large trampoline in the garden and a pool table inside
- You're just a 90-minute drive away from Bordeaux, the famous hub of this wine-growing region with a buzzing gastro scene
- Some of the Dordogne's most picturesque villages with medieval market squares and charming castles are within easy driving distance
Discover an oasis of greenery with plenty of space to soak up the lush countryside atmosphere in Villa Varane, an idyllic holiday home in the Lot department in southwestern France.
The villa is spread over three floors with five bedrooms to host up to 13 guests, making it ideal for large friend groups or family reunions. Step inside and you will find a cosy living room and a games room to keep you entertained into the evenings. The country house-style kitchen is designed for bringing your culinary dreams to reality, with the help of locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms and fields.
Expect traditional features meets modern amenities at Villa Varane, with wooden beams, stone walls and tiled floors combining with sleek and comfortable finishings to provide a homey feel. And, thanks to the home's original thick stone walls which retain coolness in the summer, you'll always have a place to escape the heat on a hot summer's day!
Villa Varane is surrounded by 1.1 hectares of sunflower fields, woods and greenery for as far as the eye can see. Wander around the extensive grounds and you might even spot deer, falcons and owls, or enjoy magical sunsets and sunrises from the terrace. In the garden, you can also find a large swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas, and next to the house a roofed terrace with a barbecue and two large dining tables – perfect for getting away from it all to savour wine-soaked evenings.
Although the property has everything you need with a setting full of fauna and flora, exploring your surroundings is widely encouraged. Take bicycles or simply set off on a wholesome walk through the countryside to discover small villages, streams and farmland. There are also a couple of golf courses in the area, and a bit further you can find the Dordogne River lending itself to a whole lot of fascinating activities.
From the property, it's only a 5-minute drive to Saint-Barthélemy-d'Agenais, a small village with a restaurant and bakery to satisfy sudden cravings.
Another picturesque place worth driving to is Castelmoron-sur-Lot, located on the Lot River and therefore boasting plenty of activities such as boat tours, kayaking and canoeing alongside scenic walking paths.
Slightly larger, Miramont-de-Guyenne hosts an array of restaurants, shops and wine bars alongside typical local amenities, making it a must-visit place to stop in for lunch and recharge batteries before continuing further.
Saintes, Cognac, Jarnac, Angoulême and even Saint-Émilion can each be visited on a day trip for yet more beauty, history and wine-tasting. Alternatively, head to Bordeaux, which can be reached by car in 90 minutes and boasts many museums, art galleries, iconic landmarks and a buzzing restaurant scene.
What you should know…
- Please note that hiring a car is recommended to explore the stunning region comfortably.
- Please note that the property's discrete concierge stays in the nearby gite, which has a private entrance.
- Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
- Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
Villa Interior (270m2)
- Kitchen equipped with a fridge, freezer, oven, hob, dishwasher, kettle, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and island bar with chairs
- Living room with sofas, armchairs, TV and fireplace
- Dining area with a dining table and chairs
- Entertainment room with a table, chairs and pool table
- Bathroom with two showers and a WC
- Bedroom with a double bed, 2 x single beds, air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, shower and WC
- Bedroom with a double bed and air-conditioning
- Bedroom with a double bed
- Bedroom with 3 x single beds
- Bedroom with 2 x single beds
- Bathroom with a bath, shower and WC
Outside Grounds (1.1 hectares)
- Pool (9m x 4.5m, max depth: 1.3m) with alarm and safety cover
- Pool terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas
- Shaded pergola with two dining tables and chairs
- Garden furniture
- Sun loungers and umbrellas
- Air-conditioning (in 2 bedrooms only)
- DVD player
- Table football
- Pool table
- Washing machine and dryer
In the Lot department close to the River Lot and Dordogne, Villa Varane looks out to orchards and fields, peppered only by the occasional farm building, making it a superb base for visiting this stunning region in all its beauty.
Local amenities can be found just 5 minutes away by car in the nearby village Saint-Barthélemy-d'Agenais, and include a boulangerie, restaurant and a small grocery store. A larger supermarket is also a 10-minute drive away if you wish to buy ingredients for hearty breakfasts and al-fresco meals back at the villa.
Marmande, located 35 km northwest of Agen and built on the River Garonne, can be reached in just 20 minutes by car. The town offers plenty of walking opportunities through its winding streets and has a couple of pretty architectural sights such as the church of Notre Dame dating back to the 13th century. Just outside the town, you can visit the Lac de Beaupuy which offers a calm atmosphere for a picnic or practice your swing at the Golf de Marmande golf club.
Agen is only an hour's drive away, and lies on the east bank of the River Garonne, offering plenty of great sights and opportunities for a fantastic trip. The town has many nature reserves and verdant parks around, notably Réserve naturelle nationale de la frayère d'Alose, which can be accessed via an old footbridge and boasts splendid riverside views. On a sunny day, walk to Pont-Canal d'Agen bridge and soak up the romantic atmosphere as you watch boats drive past. In the town centre, you can admire fine art in the Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Agen museum, satisfy your retail cravings or tuck into local delicacies in one of the ambient French bistros.
For more hustle and bustle, why not head to the city of Bordeaux, which is renowned worldwide for its fine wines? Only a 90-minute drive separates you from the city's finest museums, art galleries, meandering streets and sights of extraordinary historical elegance. Stroll around the centre to get a feel for the 18th-century grandeur which radiates best from the Grand Théâtre and visit the nearby Place des Quinconces, one of the largest city squares in Europe. Another iconic square is Place de la Bourse, with 18th-century architecture, a fountain and a vast reflecting pool – an inviting spot for people-watching. It would be a pity not to try the local wines whilst in Bordeaux, and luckily you can find characterful wineries, bars and restaurants at every corner!
The pace of life in the Dordogne is languid, laid back and positively infectious. Relax in bucolic beauty as you drift along the Dordogne River, or wander among the forests and hillside of the Périgord Natural Park.
The foodie scene too, is a relaxed affair. Take your time over your lazy lunches of local duck, black truffles and goats cheese. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hunt for them yourself. The wine here is second to none, with infamous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc all having a huge presence here.
The Dordogne is also brimming with history. Castles and chateaux are scattered throughout the region, among the enchanting medieval villages. History of an altogether more ancient sort can also be explored in the incredible prehistoric cave drawings of Lascaux and Grotte de Rouffignac.
When children become curious about discovering their surroundings, simply hop on a bike and cycle through the winding countryside paths fringed by sky-high trees to discover beautiful natural scenery and small villages along the way. There are many spots where you can spread out a blanket and enjoy a typical French picnic. At the same time, there are also several sports centres positioned near miniature lakes offering more thrilling activities.
Near Bordeaux, you can visit amusement parks and participate in fun activities for families with children. On a bad weather day, visit Youpi Parc Libourne, an amusement park with slides, ball pits and playgrounds ideal for toddlers and small kids, or head to the city to discover its many family-friendly restaurants, sights and museums. Notably, Cap Sciences is a kids' science museum and features interactive exhibitions and activities all dedicated to different aspects of science – and on some days, you can even participate in an educational workshop. When the weather is warm, see the biggest water mirror in the world where every 15 minutes the water rises and creates a very shallow pool where kids can run and splash around.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Child-Safe Pool
- Bicycles Provided
- Table Football
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€400 charged to client’s credit card as a pre-authorisation one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Changeover day||Saturday. All other changeover days on request.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights. All other durations on request.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||No. €125, payable to Oliver's Travels at the time of balance payment. This is for a standard changeover clean. Guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Linen & towels included?||Extra €12.50 per person, payable to Oliver's Travels at the time of balance payment.|
|Pool towels included?||No.|
|Pets welcome?||On request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, a pet supplement of €50 per pet per week will apply.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Tax||French Visitors Tax is included.|
|Pool opening dates?||Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:
|Oct 1st 2023 - Oct 28th 2023||£1,196|
|Oct 28th 2023 - Mar 23rd 2024||£1,076|
|Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 20th 2024||£957|
|Apr 20th 2024 - May 4th 2024||£1,495|
|May 4th 2024 - May 18th 2024||£1,136|
|May 18th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024||£1,196|
|Jun 8th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024||£1,435|
|Jun 22nd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||£1,794|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 6th 2024||£2,750|
|Jul 6th 2024 - Jul 13th 2024||£2,989|
|Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024||£3,288|
|Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024||£2,989|
|Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 21st 2024||£1,674|
|Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 26th 2024||£1,196|
|Oct 26th 2024 - Apr 3rd 2025||£1,076|
Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:
|Oct 1st 2023 - Oct 28th 2023||€1,295|
|Oct 28th 2023 - Mar 23rd 2024||€1,165|
|Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 20th 2024||€1,036|
|Apr 20th 2024 - May 4th 2024||€1,618|
|May 4th 2024 - May 18th 2024||€1,230|
|May 18th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024||€1,295|
|Jun 8th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024||€1,553|
|Jun 22nd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||€1,942|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 6th 2024||€2,977|
|Jul 6th 2024 - Jul 13th 2024||€3,236|
|Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024||€3,559|
|Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024||€3,236|
|Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 21st 2024||€1,812|
|Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 26th 2024||€1,295|
|Oct 26th 2024 - Apr 3rd 2025||€1,165|
Prices based on an occupancy of 13 people:
|Oct 1st 2023 - Oct 28th 2023||$1,370|
|Oct 28th 2023 - Mar 23rd 2024||$1,233|
|Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 20th 2024||$1,096|
|Apr 20th 2024 - May 4th 2024||$1,712|
|May 4th 2024 - May 18th 2024||$1,301|
|May 18th 2024 - Jun 8th 2024||$1,370|
|Jun 8th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024||$1,644|
|Jun 22nd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||$2,054|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 6th 2024||$3,150|
|Jul 6th 2024 - Jul 13th 2024||$3,424|
|Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024||$3,766|
|Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024||$3,424|
|Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 21st 2024||$1,917|
|Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 26th 2024||$1,370|
|Oct 26th 2024 - Apr 3rd 2025||$1,233|
Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
Amazing reception and holiday!
We had a very nice holiday at Villa Varane with 2 families with 4 small children. For the little ones there were 2 made cots and 2 dining chairs, which was very handy. The house was in perfect order, sufficiently large, very clean and everything is there. The scenery and view around the house is beautiful. The large outdoor table, BBQ and swimming pool made our stay complete.
The welcome and explanation by the hosts was warm and they gave us some tips about trips in the area. We will certainly return again.
Everything fantastic on arrival, beautiful property.
We are absolutely delighted with our stay! An ideal place for a family reunion. A relaxing setting, a unique view of the pretty surrounding countryside.
We would like you to pass on all our gratitude to the generous owners who leave so much indoor and outdoor equipment for the use of their guests.
We are very grateful to them.
We are accustomed to rentals on other sites but this one particularly surprised and seduced us with its location, its originality and its comfort: off the beaten track and so pleasant to live in!
The idea of renewing the experience with you next year on the same dates is appealing to everyone.
Excellent week of vacation, thank you very much!
Two wonderful weeks!
We had 2 wonderful weeks in Villa Varane. A great house where we had a great time with 3 families. Peace, space, freedom and fully equipped! Also thanks to the managers for the good care and tips during our stay!
A big thank you!
We were very well received by the caretakers of the house, the location is top, we feel totally disconnected, with the large garden, fields and forest around. Very well equipped house, the weather was not really with us during this week, but with a few games and activities, we felt good there. A big thank-you !
What a great house this is. Much nicer than in the pictures in my opinion. Great administrators. Friendly, helpful but discreet. The salt water pool was also a pleasant surprise. I was always afraid that such a pool would feel just like the sea, but it is not salty in taste and finally no children with ear infections. The beds are of very good quality, very spacious bedrooms and beautiful bathrooms. And then that kitchen, what a joy to cook there. Everything is there, even an ice cream maker. Children enjoyed the games room, trampoline, on-site bicycles, the secret swing in the forest and the great pool. Nothing but praise for this beautiful house.
Beautiful nature, and space.
Comfortable stay, in the middle of a restful nature, very nice caretakers.
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